Friedhard Kiekeben

SINDAN, and other black and white 
works 2017



Oct/Nov 2017

‘Tourbillon - Stony Island’, a public art installation on a residential site on Chicago’s South side by Friedhard Kiekeben, as part of the 3rd Terrain Biennial, October 1 – November 15, 2017

22 printed Tyvek banners on metal fencing

1448 E 67th Place, Chicago

Friedhard Kiekeben has created an extensive new series of digital works, ’Tourbillon’, and this forms the basis for a transformative ‘front of property’ intervention near the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago. The project is part of the 3rd Terrain Biennial curated by Sabina Ott, and Chicago’s Year of Public Art series 2017. The term ‘Tourbillon’ is French for ‘Whirlwind, or ‘Vortex’. The crisp, undulating vector images are black and white, and contrast with the yellow brickwork of the building. The piece makes a powerful visual statement that invites dialogue with the building, its surroundings, and passers-by, and physically creates an energized optical barrier that may add to the sense of ‘home’ and ‘shelter’ to those inside. The intertwining vector forms are in stark contrast to the vertical regularity of the traditional ironwork of the fencing. References to graffity and street art (so much of which originated on Chicago’s South Side) are noticeable and equally present are more general notions of dynamic systems –– scientific? architectural? non-Euclidean? –– that go beyond traditional one-dimensional pictorial spaces and ideas. Many of the local residents and passing visitors, stopping in their cars, cell phone in hand, delighted in engaging with this art intervention that unexpectedly landed in their neighborhood. 

Sindan, Vinyl Print Installation,

2017, 2m x 4.2 m

3rd Global Print Exhibitions

3rd Global Print Exhibitions - 

Miguel Torga Cultural Space | Douro Museum

Loop (Scatter)
unique digital print on archival paper, 2017



three unique inkjet prints on archival paper 

Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA